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    ATI Radeon 8500 64MB
    Author: David Pitlyuk
    Date Posted: April 24th, 2002
    SLRating: SLRating: 8.5/10
    Bottom Line: The Radeon 8500 64MB is a great overall card with good features, good performance, and good quality.

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    In our Radeon 7500 review we did back in January, we mentioned that we would also be taking a look at the Radeon 8500 and 8500DV in the upcoming weeks. Albeit a little late, we now take a look at the Radeon 8500 with the 8500DV to be posted on or around May 3rd (so look for that:)…).

    Alright let me first start out by stating that ATI has released a 128MB version of the Radeon 8500 and keep in mind that we are looking at the 64MB flavor. Unfortunately ATI has yet to send us the 128MB version so we will not be looking at the benchmarks for that card. One thing to know is the price comparison between the two if you end up being interested in purchasing the ATI Radeon 8500 series. We searched the two cards on our SLPrices database and we found these prices:

    So based on our search make sure to keep these prices in mind (and check the links for the most up-to-date price) if you do end up purchasing the card.


    System requirements

    • Pentium® 4/III/II/Celeron™, AMD® K6/Athlon® or compatible with AGP 2X or AGP 2X/4X universal slot
    • 64MB of system memory
    • Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
    • DVD playback requires DVD drive

    Graphics controller

    • RADEON™ 8500 graphics processing unit (GPU)

    Memory configuration

    • 64MB of double data rate memory

    Operating systems support

    • Windows® 98/98SE
    • Windows® Me
    • Windows® 2000
    • Windows® XP

    Monitor support

    • CRT Monitor: 15-pin VGA connector
    • TV and VCR: s-video or composite connector
    • DVI-I (flat panel display) connector

    Display support

    • Register compatible with VGA
    • BIOS compatible with VESA for super VGA
    • DDC1/2b/2b+ monitor support
    • VESA Display Power Management Support
    • Separate horizontal and vertical synchronization at TTL levels


    • TRUFORM™
    • DirectX® 8.1 support
    • OpenGL® 1.3
    • SMOOTHVISION™ anti-aliasing
    • HYPER Z™ II
    • High Performance Memory Support
    • Dual Display Support
    • Integrated Transformation, Clipping and Lighting
    • Twin Cache Architecture
    • SuperScalar Rendering
    • Single-Pass Multi-texturing
    • True Color Rendering
    • Triangle Setup Engine
    • Texture Cache
    • Bilinear/Trilinear Filtering
    • Line & Edge Anti-aliasing
    • Full-Screen Anti-aliasing
    • Texture Compositing
    • Texture Decompression
    • Specular Highlights
    • Perspectively Correct Texture Mapping
    • Mip-Mapping
    • Z-buffering and Double-buffering
    • Emboss, Dot Product 3 and Environment bump mapping
    • Spherical, Dual-Paraboloid and Cubic environment mapping
    • Fog effects, texture lighting, video textures, reflections, shadows, spotlights, LOD biasing and texture morphing


    • 3-year limited warranty
    Features Go the the next page
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    1. Introduction/Specs
    2. Features
    3. The Card
    4. Test Setup
    5. 3DMark 2001 SE
    6. Quake3 Arena
    7. WinXP Bench
    8. Evolva
    9. Pros & Cons/Conclusion

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